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Four Who Have Volunteered To Help in African Countries

While Virginia Hall’s experience with Operation Crossroads Africa (OCA) had been life-changing, it had also been, until recently, relatively uncommon. “In all these years, I’d only met one person who [had also participated in OCA],” says Hall, interim rector for Trinity Episcopal Church. Then she met three other Crossroaders in Bloomington. “It was a big surprise,” she says.

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Native American Heritage Celebration in November

In 1990, a joint resolution of Congress was approved by President George H.W. Bush proclaiming November “National American Indian Heritage Month.” According to the Library of Congress, similar resolutions have been passed by Congress and approved by the president every year since. In 2009, the name was changed to “National Native American Heritage Month.”

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Help a Hoosier Showcases Talents of Homeless and Folks in Recovery

When Ivana Fox was a human services student at Ivy Tech Community College–Bloomington, she worked as an intern at Centerstone’s Peer Run Recovery Center (PRRC). While she expected to learn a lot about the conditions of homelessness, mental illness, and addiction, what she didn’t expect to find were the many talented people who could sing, dance, write poetry, or who had technical skills that would easily transfer to a performing arts production.

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‘Truth Matters’ Event Examines Untruth in News & Social Media

It’s a phenomenon many people, especially those who are politically liberal, can relate to. In The Brainwashing of My Dad, filmmaker Jen Senko explores how her once reasonable, non-political, Kennedy Democrat father became the embodiment of racial and social intolerance. The answer was easy to find. It began when he started a long commute and filled his time with right-wing talk radio. It peaked when he started watching Fox News.

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History Center Program Aids Those With Dementia

History museums are often full of everyday objects and cultural touchstones, the kinds of items that, with compassionate assistance, may evoke memories for adults with dementia and facilitate rewarding conversations with those who care for them.

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Four Who Have Volunteered To Help in African Countries

While Virginia Hall’s experience with Operation Crossroads Africa (OCA) had been life-changing, it had also been, until recently, relatively uncommon. “In all these years, I’d only met one person who [had also participated in OCA],” says Hall, interim rector for Trinity Episcopal Church. Then she met three other Crossroaders in Bloomington. “It was a big surprise,” she says.

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Native American Heritage Celebration in November

In 1990, a joint resolution of Congress was approved by President George H.W. Bush proclaiming November “National American Indian Heritage Month.” According to the Library of Congress, similar resolutions have been passed by Congress and approved by the president every year since. In 2009, the name was changed to “National Native American Heritage Month.”

Read More

Help a Hoosier Showcases Talents of Homeless and Folks in Recovery

When Ivana Fox was a human services student at Ivy Tech Community College–Bloomington, she worked as an intern at Centerstone’s Peer Run Recovery Center (PRRC). While she expected to learn a lot about the conditions of homelessness, mental illness, and addiction, what she didn’t expect to find were the many talented people who could sing, dance, write poetry, or who had technical skills that would easily transfer to a performing arts production.

Read More

‘Truth Matters’ Event Examines Untruth in News & Social Media

It’s a phenomenon many people, especially those who are politically liberal, can relate to. In The Brainwashing of My Dad, filmmaker Jen Senko explores how her once reasonable, non-political, Kennedy Democrat father became the embodiment of racial and social intolerance. The answer was easy to find. It began when he started a long commute and filled his time with right-wing talk radio. It peaked when he started watching Fox News.

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History Center Program Aids Those With Dementia

History museums are often full of everyday objects and cultural touchstones, the kinds of items that, with compassionate assistance, may evoke memories for adults with dementia and facilitate rewarding conversations with those who care for them.

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Monroe County CASA Celebrates 35 Years of Advocating for Kids

In the early 1980s, things began changing for children who were the victims of abuse and neglect. “There was a grassroots movement that led people in the judicial system to begin talking about how to best advocate for children,” says Kristin Bishay, executive director of Monroe County Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA).

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Beanblossom Bottoms Still Open In Spite of Damage from Tornado

After being closed for nearly a year, Beanblossom Bottoms Nature Preserve reopened in May. “People waited very patiently for the preserve to reopen, and it was worth it,” says Abby Henkel, communications director for Sycamore Land Trust. “There are so many magical things about that place. You feel like you’re in another time and place out there.”

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City Celebrates Hispanic Heritage From September 15 to October 15

Each year across the United States, National Hispanic Heritage Month occurs from September 15 to October 15. In Bloomington, there’s a long tradition of celebrating the achievements of Hispanic and Latino Americans in North America, says Lillian Casillas-Origel, director of the La Casa/Latino Culture Center at Indiana University.

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Brown County Humane Society Delivers Food, Supplies & Help

Whether they are dog walkers or cat caregivers, volunteers are a big part of the operation of the Brown County Humane Society (BCHS), 128 S. Ind. 135 in Nashville. One important volunteer program, known as S.P.O.T., is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year.

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Volunteers Save Lives Fostering Baby Animals

Spring and summer see an increase in the number of newborn animals. Both WildCare, which rehabilitates wild animals, and City of Bloomington Animal Care and Control rely on volunteers to foster young animals in their homes. Bloomington Animal Shelter manager Julia Eppley says, “Without those homes offering daily care during a critically high-volume time, our organization would not have nearly so many positive outcomes.”

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B-town’s Liz Watson in D.C. Heading Progressive Center

Bloomington native Liz Watson, who fell short of unseating Rep. Trey Hollingsworth in Indiana’s Ninth District in 2018, may not be in Congress but she is in Washington, D.C. Watson is serving as the new executive director for the Congressional Progressive Caucus Center (CPCC).

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Jill Lees Rejoins IUPD as New Chief

Bloomington frequently has a pull on former residents, and Jill Lees, recently named Indiana University Police Department chief of police, is no exception. She’s returning to the city 25 years after graduating from the IU Police Academy.

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Bloom’s Greatest Hits: Life on the Lake

On a hot, bright summer day on the lake, three houseboats are tied together side-by-side in a cove. The occupants—men, women, kids, dogs—are gathered on the upper decks, sipping cool drinks, nibbling on chips and hors d’oeuvres, taking in the sun and breeze, occasionally jumping in for a dip.

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